James R. Patterson is the San Luis Obispo County supervisor for the 5th District. The Carrizo Plain National Monument is located almost entirely within the 5th District. He is also the manager of a hay, grain and cattle ranch in San Luis Obispo County.
Supervisor Patterson has a long list of civic activities including being on the board of directors for the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo County, the Atascadero Historical Society, the Atascadero Native Tree Association and Economic Opportunity Commission. He has served as the associate director of the Upper Salinas-Las Tablas Resource Conservation District and a member of the Atascadero Economic Advisory Committee and Atascadero Economic Task Force.
He has a bachelor's degree in natural resource management from California Polytechnic State University and is a certified arborist and member of the International Society of Arboriculture. Jim lives in Atascadero.